The ethical dilemmas of GoFundMe: Should everyone be given a “take-action button”?

Matt Wade, Michael Walsh, Stephanie Baker

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Over the last two weeks, thousands of demonstrators have converged on Canberra to protest against vaccine mandates. This “Convoy to Canberra” movement is running parallel with the Canadian “Freedom Convoy”, where truckers resisting vaccine mandates have descended on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and entrenched themselves for the long haul. Both protests were initially funded by prominent GoFundMe campaigns. The Freedom Convoy proved especially successful, raising more than CAD$10 million from over 120,000 donors, thus ranking among GoFundMe’s biggest fundraisers ever. The Convoy to Canberra campaign was also proving successful, edging towards AUD$200,000 after just a few days of fundraising.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationABC Religion & Ethics
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2022


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